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Chanel Fragola, Confusion, Caractere Rouge Coco Glosses

01/06

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss

Fragola

Chanel Fragola Rouge Coco Gloss ($30.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is muted, medium coral-red with warm undertones and a jelly-like finish. It had semi-sheer to medium coverage that went on decently, but it could have been a touch more even. The gloss felt very smooth, gel-like, and plush on the lips. This shade lasted for three hours and was hydrating over time.

The formula is supposed to have “intense shine, hydration” with a “gel-like texture” with shades that vary from “sheer to opaque” in coverage. The consistency has a smooth, lightweight texture that can feel more like a gel-like texture with some of the sheerer shades and more like a cream and gel hybrid with more opaque shades. It’s a formula that’s comfortable to wear with light tackiness that lasts anywhere from two to four hours and is hydrating over time. There was a strong, mirror-like shine across the shades that was very reminiscent of the prior Glossimer formula. There was a faint floral scent, and with some shades, I got a subtle taste of perfume. The doe foot applicator was more unique (at least, to me) with a very curved edge that was great for my bottom lip while flipping it gave me a more paddle-shaped edge that worked better for my top lip. I would love to see Chanel introduce color descriptions on their retail website, especially for a formula like this where there can be such a huge difference in pigmentation (and finish) from one shade to the next that isn’t obvious from a product photo.

Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Fragola
Fragola
Fragola
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Urban Decay Monarchy, Reverb, Seether Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoats

01/10

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Topcoat over Venom Vice Lipstick

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat

Monarchy

Urban Decay Monarchy Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat ($18.00 for 0.16 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, sparkling purple with blue and purple glitter. It had larger and finer particles, so the result was slightly metallic with visible sparkle. Alone, it looked a little rough, as the formula clung to lips as it dried down and made them appear slightly shriveled. It had semi-sheer coverage that deepened my lip color while adding shine and sparkle. This was a shade that applied best over richer, brighter, or darker shades (like fuchsia, raspberry pink, purple, black). It lasted three hours on its own and was moderately drying.

The brand describes the formula as a “shade-shifting topcoat” that can be used over their “cream, metallized, and matte shades” of Vice Lipstick or any of the Vice Liquid Lipsticks, but–wait for it–“or wear these shades alone.” They’re supposed to be a “comfortable, gel-cream formula that dries down quickly and provides long-lasting wear that never feels sticky” while also creating a “water-resistant barrier that seals in the color underneath.” The brand also warns that your lips might “feel tingly just after applying.”

As a topcoat, I think they perform the best; it can be hit or miss depending on the underlying shade, and some topcoats are more versatile than others (sheerer ones tended to work well with anything, more opaque ones could be hard to apply). I did not feel like they truly locked the underlying lipstick in, as they transferred and still lasted about as long as the lipstick did on its own. I also felt that it was lightly tacky, and it varied, but a few shades would lift color in places. The tingling effect was least pronounced when layered. In general, layering over very light shades was often where they missed and any unevenness became much more visible.

On their own, they often struggled to go on evenly. The application over bare lips was similar to trying to apply some of the darker topcoats over very light or dissimilar colors, which just made any application shortcomings highly visible (compared to say, blue shimmer over a blue lipstick). They had a very strong, lingering tingle where my lips felt like they do after being numbed (like from the dentist)–almost too big, swollen, and a mixture of tingling, cooling, burning. This effect lasted between two to three minutes before subsiding. I wouldn’t say it’s water-resistant, as it seemed to transfer after drinking water, but if I did not drink anything, it was fairly transfer-proof. The wear has been between two and four hours and drying.

The packaging on these doesn’t make sense to me; they have a very thin, brush-type applicator that is terrible for spreading product across the lips, but the formula was often sheerer so getting crisp lines with the included applicator seemed like an exercise in futility. I think a squeeze-tube or more typical doe-foot applicator would have worked here, but I like the idea of a squeeze tube, which would “force” one to use a separate applicator would make more sense, as using it directly on top of another lipstick would result in lipstick transfer to the wand and back into the tube.

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat Monarchy
Monarchy
Monarchy
7.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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Seether

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MAC Extra Dimension Extensions for Summer 2017

MAC Extra Dimension Collection for Summer 2017
MAC Extra Dimension Collection for Summer 2017

Our fan-favorite, incandescent M∙A∙C Extra Dimension formula is amping up the innovation with new permanent shades of Extra Dimension Blush. From soft pastels to corals and plums, it delivers textures that reflect light, leaving a smooth second-skin finish. Also back and here to say is Extra Dimension Skinfinish, with its renowned shimmering high-shine effect, in three bestselling shades — Oh, Darling is back!

Availability

April 6th online and in-stores

The Details

Extra Dimension Blush | $28.00 U.S. / $33.00 CAD | Permanent

  • Into the Pink Soft pastel pink
  • Sweets for My Sweet Mid-tone yellow pink
  • Rosy Cheeks Mid-tone muted blue fuchsia
  • Hushed Tone Neutralized pink peach
  • Just a Pinch Apricot
  • Cheeky Bits Mid-tone pinky coral
  • Wrapped Candy Plum
  • Fairly Precious Light pinky champagne
  • Telling Glow Bright coral
  • Hard to Get Warm burgundy brown

Extra Dimension Skinfinish | $33.00 U.S. / $38.00 CAD | Permanent

  • Oh, Darling Metallic gold
  • Glow With It Soft peachy nude with multi-dimensional shimmer
  • Superb Patina bronze

Brush | Permanent

  • 127 Split Fibre Face ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CAD)
  • 128 Split Fibre Cheek ($35.00 U.S. / $42.00 CAD)

Makeup Geek Mambo, Electric Slide, Twerk Showstopper Crème Stains

01/06

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Crème Stain

Mambo

Makeup Geek Mambo Showstopper Creme Stain ($12.00 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is a rich, raspberry pink with cooler undertones and a matte finish. It was one of the more pigmented and easier-to-apply shades with minimal streaking, just “cracking” when I smiled where it was clear the color was pulling away at my lip lines. It had semi-opaque coverage, though it required three pulls of product just to get enough product on the lips for one layer. The consistency was thin, quick-drying, and lightly tacky after it dried down. It lasted for four hours before there was noticeable fading along the center of the lips, and it was drying after three hours of wear. (Surprisingly, it did not leave behind stain.)

The Showstopper Creme Stain formula is supposed to be “long-lasting” and “highly pigmented and offer effortless, buildable coverage.” Highly pigmented and buildable make it confusing what the coverage actually is, since something that is buildable means that it is less pigmented but can be layered for greater coverage. The majority of shades were medium to semi-opaque in coverage, hard to build as they often pulled up the first layer and shifted color around. The formula rarely applied well; it was streaky, dried so fast that there was no time for corrections (and attempts to correct just made it worse), and clingy. I found the applicator rougher, and the packaging made it seem that sometimes it was more like I wasn’t getting enough product on the wand to even coverage half of a lip (it seemed like the opening was wiping away too much product from the doefoot applicator). For every single swatch, I had to dip and pull the wand two to three times just to get enough product to cover my lips (it was impossible to stretch out the product very far as it dried as I was spreading it). It did dry to a transfer-resistant finish, but it did not survive eating well (most liquid lipstick formulas have survived better for me). Though transfer-resistant, it remained slightly tacky for one to two hours–and if you use more than one to one and a half layers, it often lifted and separated the color.

The brand’s swatches and lip swatches showcase a seemingly opaque product, but I could not achieve opaque coverage with several shades, even trying four or five layers, and the result after five layers of product was uneven, patchy, and cakey. The wear was average–four to six hours with significant fading from the center, which is more what I’d experience with a typical lipstick than a liquid lipstick–and surprisingly, little staining, even with deeper shades. So far, they have been slightly drying to somewhat drying. There are so many high-performing liquid lipsticks on the marketplace already, so I was caught off guard by the poor application and performance of this formula.

Makeup Geek Showstopper Crème Stain Mambo
Mambo
Mambo
C

Limited Edition

7
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
7.5
Longevity
3
Application
74%
Total

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Electric Slide

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Twerk

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